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2013 Conference Schedule

"Advancing Grid Technologies On All Levels: from Micro to Macro"

November 11-12, 2013
University Club, Pitt-Oakland Campus
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Conference Chair: Gregory Reed, PhD

Director, Electric Power Initiative and Assoc. Director, Center for Energy
Professor of Electric Power Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept.
Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh


(NOTE: Presentations are embedded PDFs below)

Monday November 11

9:00 AM - Registration and Networking
10:00 AM - Welcome from Dr. Gregory Reed

10:05 AM - Opening Remarks
Chancellor Mark Nordenberg, University of Pittsburgh

11:00 AM - Graduate Student Symposium
Moderator: Brandon Grainger - R.K. Mellon Graduate Research Fellow

Presentations from Pitt Electric Power Engineering PhD and M.S. students providing overview of the group's research activities, and introducing elements of the GSR poster session

12:15 PM - Swanson School of Engineering update: Gerald Holder, US Steel Dean of Engineering

12:30 PM - LUNCH

Luncheon Keynote Address: Patricia Hoffman, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Energy Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability

1:30 PM - Technical Program Sessions
(concurrent tracks)
Session 1 (Ballroom B - 2nd Floor): "Transmission Technologies and Macro-Energy Control"
Moderator: Emmanuel Taylor - Graduate Student Researcher, Electric Power Initiative; University of Pittsburgh

Brian Gemmell, PhD - Director, Sales & Marketing, Power Transmission Division; Siemens Energy Inc.
Eric John - Director, Marketing & Sales, FACTS North America; ABB Inc.
Neil Kirby and Reginald Mendis, P.E. - Business Development, HVDC & FACTS; Alstom Grid
Donald Shoup, P.E. - Manager, Power Systems Engineering Services; Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc.
Dennis Tkacs - Manager, Strategic Programs; Emerson Power & Water Solutions

Session 2 (Conference Room A - 3rdFloor): "Distribution Systems and Micro-Grid Developments"
Moderator: Tom McDermott, Ph.D. - Asst. Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering; University of Pittsburgh

Dushan Boroyevich, PhD - Co-Director, Center for Power Electronics Systems and AEP Professor; Virginia Tech
Roger Dugan - Sr. Technical Executive; Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
James Fields - Chief Operating Officer; Pitt-Ohio Express Inc.
Anu Narayanan, PhD - Associate Engineer; RAND Corporation
John Swanson, PhD - National Academy of Engineering and retired Founder/CEO; ANSYS Inc.

4:00 PM - A) Graduate Student Researcher Poster Session (Gold Room and Lobby - 2nd Floor)
Posters will be available for viewing in the Library and the Lower Lobby areas of the Univ. Club throughout the entire conference. The 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm time frame is set aside specifically for when the students will be at their posters to present, discuss, and answer questions.

B) New Electric Power Systems Lab Tours (8th Floor, Benedum Hall)
Tours will be scheduled (in 20 min. intervals) of the new Eaton-sponsored Electric Power Systems Lab, located on the 8th floor of Benedum Hall (across the street from the conference venue). Attendees will be guided from the University Club lobby to Benedum Hall.


6:00 PM - Student-Industry Networking Event and Evening Keynote Address (Ballrooms A & B)
All our students, both undergraduate and graduate who are studying in the electric power & energy fields, join with our industry partners, government sponsors, and other constituents who will have representation in an exhibit area for a networking reception.

Evening Keynote Address (Ballroom B - 2nd Floor): Revathi Advaithi - President, Electrical Sector, EATON

Reception and Exhibits (Ballroom A - 1st Floor) following keynote
List of Exhibitors
Alstom Grid
Black Box Network Services
Curtiss Wright
Dominion Virginia Power
DOE-NETL RUA Grid Technologies Collaborative
Duquesne Light
Electric Power Research Institute
Emerson Process Management
John A. Swanson
Measurement Instruments
Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Pitt-Ohio Express, Inc.
RAND Corporation
S&C Electric
Siemens Energy, Inc.
Tollgrade Communications
University of Pittsburgh, Center for Energy
University of Pittsburgh, Online Learning Programs
University of Pittsburgh, Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Pittsburgh, Office of Technology Management
URS Corporation


Tuesday November 12

9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon - U.S. Dept. of Energy NETL Grid Technologies Collaborative (GTC) Workshop

Grid technology developments among the DOE NETL Regional University Alliance partners, including:
The University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State University, Virginia Tech, West Virginia University, URS Corporation, and the University Energy Partnership

GTC Panel Session - "Perspectives on Grid Research Opportunities"
Moderators: Steve Bossart - Senior Energy Analyst, U.S. Dept. of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory
Wayne Honath - Director, Program Development and Industry Relations; University Energy Partnership

Al Hefner, PhD - Smart Grid Team Member; National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)
Jeff Tolnar - Vice President, Systems and Products; Elster Solutions
Susan Van Scoyoc - Army Power and Energy Program Lead; Concurrent Technologies Corporation
Tom Weaver, P.E. - Manager, Distribution System Planning; American Electric Power

12:00 PM - LUNCH
Luncheon Remarks: SSOE Center for Energy and Electric Power Engineering Program updates

1:00 PM - Live Stream Webinar Panel Session
Topic: "The Impact of Microgrid Developments on Power T&D Planning and Operations"
Moderator: Gregory Reed, PhD - University of Pittsburgh

Dushan Boroyevich, PhD - Co-Director, Center for Power Electronics Systems and AEP Professor; Virginia Tech
David Karafa - President, Pennsylvania Operations; FirstEnergy Corporation
David Roop - Director, Electric Transmission Operations; Dominion Virginia Power
Igor Stamenkovic, PhD - Manager, Research and Technology, Power Distribution and Electrification Systems; Eaton

3:00 PM -- CONFERENCE ADJOURNS following Webinar